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IT News - CxO
Calculating Cloud Migration Costs: What CIOs Need To Consider
SearchCIO, February 22th, 2021
"Most CIOs are still in the process of migrating workloads from on-premises data centers into IaaS environments," notes John Burke in SearchCIO, "whether it's to get strategic and take IT out of the data center business, shift costs from capital to operating budgets, minimize risk or improve agility and scalability.

Whatever the motivation, one crucial component of the migration process is calculating cloud computing costs. More specifically, the costs of preparing for migration, the costs of cloud migration itself and the post-migration operating costs of the migrated workloads..."

The New And Evolving Role Of The Chief Data Officer, February 23rd, 2021
"More and more enterprises understand today that the most profitable asset of their business is data. That's why the newest title in the C-Suite is the CDO: Chief Data Officer," suggests Ken Grohe in

"As of 2018, almost 68 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have a CDO, yet according to Gartner, 'the Chief Data Officer role is still new, untested, and amorphous'.

CDOs have a range of responsibilities including risk mitigation, governance, analytics, and value creation..."

XDR is coming: 5 steps CISOs should take today
CSO Online, February 25th, 2021
"Here's your XDR game plan for 2021," offers Jon Oltsik in CSO Online.

"According to ESG research on The Impact of XDR in the Modern SOC, improving detection of advanced cyberthreats is the highest priority for enterprise security operations, with 83% of organizations planning to increase threat detection and response spending over the next 12 to 18 months. This is no surprise: threat detection and response is always a high priority.

Unfortunately, the data reveals something else as well..."

Can Enterprises Move Fast Without Breaking IT?
eWeek, February 22th, 2021
Anirban Chatterjee writes in eWeek, "No matter how tired people are of the term 'digital transformation,' it still represents an imperative strategy for enterprises wishing to survive in today's dynamic business environment, let alone see growth and increased market value. Companies wishing to reduce operating costs, improve their performance and increase their business velocity must transform..."
How A CISO's Executive Role Has Changed
SecurityIntelligence, February 22th, 2021
"In the office, the CISO wasn't given the same voice as the chief information officer (CIO) or other executives," writes Sue Poremba in SecurityIntelligence. "During meetings of the board of directors, the CISO often wasn't given a place at the table, and digital defense wasn't treated as highly important for the business.

Now that CISOs have greater access, directors and other C-suite members are more willing to see that their domain isn't a separate entity but needs to be part of overall business plans. So, how has this change come about? How did the CISO come to gain a seat at the table with the rest of the C-suite? And, what do they need to do in order to succeed there?..."

IT News - Storage
No, NAND Will Not Displace Nearline HDDs in 2026
StorageNewsletter, February 22th, 2021
"2020 was a heck of a crazy year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, severely impacting global economies and affecting nearly all businesses. As reported in Trendfocus' CQ420 reports, consumer PC demand skyrocketed to support remote work and education, but the benefit went primarily to client SSDs as attach rates, especially in notebook PC models, climbed to the mid-80% range for the year.

Enterprise IT spend plunged in the face of uncertain economic conditions causing a drag in storage demand for traditional on-premises applications, with HDDs improving somewhat at the end of the year while SSD demand for the segment eroded sharply in 4CQ20..." - StorageNewsletter

Toshiba MG09 Series SATA/SAS 3.5-Inch HDD at 18TB
StorageNewsletter, February 26th, 2021
"Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (TEE) has announced the MG09 Series, which comprises the company's first HDD models to feature energy-assisted magnetic recording.

The MG09 Series is based on the firm's proprietary third-gen, 9-disk helium-sealed design and incorporates game-changing Flux Control - Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (FC-MAMR) technology. Thanks to these advances,CMR density has been raised to 2TB per disk, thereby achieving a total capacity of 18TB..." - StorageNewsletter

IT News - AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Privacy: 3 Key Security Practices
The Enterprisers Project, February 22th, 2021
"If you are involved in next-generation digital product engineering," writes Jiani Zhang in The Enterprisers Project, "experimenting with artificial intelligence (AI) will help you imagine new business models, revenue streams, and experiences.

But you should be wary of wild headlines about cutting-edge AI breakthroughs. For every AlphaFold that solves a 50-year-old problem about protein folding, there are dozens of less glitzy but perhaps more impactful business AI advances that are helping to make it more responsible and privacy-conscious..."

AI In Cybersecurity: Six Considerations For 2021
insideBIGDATA, February 25th, 2021
"According to one recent survey, two-thirds of organizations are already using the intelligent technology for cybersecurity purposes. Using these tools allows for companies to be more prepared for the innovative attacks that cybercriminals continue to develop - also using AI technologies. For example, just last year, criminals employed AI-based software to replicate a CEO's voice to command a cash transfer of 220,000 Euros (approximately $243,000).

For businesses looking to implement more AI into their security stack in 2021, it's important to follow these six steps to ensure the effective use of AI - without compromising security anywhere else down the line..." - insideBIGDATA

Top Five Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2021
ITProPortal, February 25th, 2021
Vince Jeffs writes in ITProPortal, "As AI becomes more ubiquitous, it's also become more autonomous -- able to act on its own without human supervision. This demonstrates progress, but it also introduces concerns around control over AI. The AI Arms Race has driven organizations everywhere to deliver the most sophisticated algorithms around, but this can come at a price, ignoring cultural and ethical values that are critical to responsible AI. Here are five predictions on what we should expect to see in AI in 2021:..."
To Spot Ideal AI Use Cases, Look For Trouble - And Data
CIODIVE, February 23rd, 2021
Roberto Torres writes in CIODIVE, "Organizations that "start off the project saying, 'let's do something cool,'" are in "big, big trouble," said Taulli. Instead, companies need to direct their AI efforts toward solving tedious problems within critical company processes, Taulli said.

AI projects frequently fail when organizations rush to employ data scientists and invest in AI capabilities without first confirming they have access to the data that can help them improve on a specific pain point, according to Taulli..."

IT News - Careers
IT Skills 2021: Adaptability Tops The Most-Wanted List
The Enterprisers Project, February 24th, 2021
Bernie Gracy writes in The Enterprisers Project, "If 2020 taught us anything, it's that we don't know what the year will bring, and businesses need people with a range of skills - particularly the ability to roll with the punches. For that reason, adaptability is one of the most important skills for IT professionals in 2021.

Of course, core technology skills have always been table stakes, and these will continue to be more important than ever as companies shift to new digital models. Experience with native cloud development, serverless technology, programming with Python, React frameworks, and more will be essential. But just as important will be soft skills like communication, collaboration, and creative problem-solving..."

    vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom March 10th 2021
    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. I will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

    After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

    Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

    You can also join by phone:

    • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
    • 646 558 8656 US
    • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

    vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

    • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

    Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

    vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom March 17th 2021
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. I will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

    After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

    Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

    You can also join by phone:

    • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
    • 646 558 8656 US
    • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

    vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

    • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

    Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

    IT News - Security
    6 Ways To Prevent Cybersecurity Burnout
    SearchSecurity, February 26th, 2021
    "We're in the midst of a cybersecurity staffing crisis," opines Nabil Hannan in SearchSecurity. "Many major news outlets, such as The New York Times, have reported that unfilled jobs in the industry are expected to reach up to 3.5 million this year -- leaving existing security teams stretched thin and burnt out.

    To make matters worse, attackers have increased their activity since the beginning of the pandemic and continue to take advantage of the prolonged crisis. In this new year, CISOs everywhere will need to shift their talent management practices in order to attract new candidates to the field and prevent employee burnout. How? Here are a few ideas..."

    8 Ways Ransomware Operators Target Your Network
    Dark Reading, February 22th, 2021
    "Ransomware continues to plague IT security teams as attackers rework their campaigns to be more subtle, more effective, and much more expensive for the organizations they hit," writes Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading.

    "Security experts predict the pace of ransomware attacks will accelerate this year as operators continue to succeed in extorting ransoms. As campaigns grow more organized and targeted, and the tools they require become easier to access, the future looks ominous for defenders..."

    5 Cyber Threat Intelligence Feeds To Evaluate
    SearchSecurity, February 25th, 2021
    Johna Till Johnson writes in SearchSecurity, "Organizations that are successful in their cybersecurity efforts are 58% more likely to subscribe to threat intelligence feeds than their less successful peers, according to Nemertes' 2019-2020 Cloud and Cybersecurity Research Study. This result alone makes subscribing to cyber threat intelligence feeds or services one of the practices that correlates most with an organization's cybersecurity success..."
    From Zero To Zero Trust: Five Tips To Simplify Your Journey
    Security Boulevard, February 23rd, 2021
    "It's a daunting task," notes Mitesh Shah in Security Boulevard, "but it's not as if you have to blaze a new trail. In fact, the trail has been paved by legions of security and IT professionals who have already succeeded in getting from point A (porous, 'hope-for-the-best' security infrastructure) to a locked-down Zero Trust implementation and the peace of mind that comes with it.

    In talks with folks - customers, contractors and colleagues - who can proudly say they've been there and done that, these five steps to successful Zero Trust planning and deployment come up time and time again. While you don't need to use the Forescout platform to perform these steps, you can save considerable time getting to Zero Trust if you do..."

    Digital Threat Actors: Organized Criminals
    Security Boulevard, February 25th, 2021
    "As more people and devices become connected in the wake of the digital transformation, more opportunities to profit emerge," writes Daniel Smith in Security Boulevard.

    "The sad reality is that crime always has and always will pay. In fact, financial related crime is so rampant nowadays that even Nation-State threat actors seem to be monetizing their activities by re-victimizing and extorting their targets for personal profit.

    Even the old school criminals who used to hustle on the streets have evolved and learned new ways to profit online. For example, drug dealers have grown past the need to stand on a corner with the advent of encrypted phones, proxies, and darknet marketplaces. Today, dealers have reduced their exposure dramatically and can anonymously sell drugs online for cryptocurrency without fear of being on the streets or even identified by their customers. In fact, the only risk these groups now face is delivering or receiving a package in the mail. And if they want to take out their competition, you ask?..."

    Top 100 Cybersecurity Breaches
    Cyber Defense Magazine, February 21st, 2021
    "Secret and sensitive data of hundreds of millions of people and companies has been decrypted and exposed and then sold. Data breaches are a terrifying trend in the world of cybercrime, which shows no signs of slowing down just yet. We're looking at billions of records stolen and this trend is only getting worse. Here are the Top 100 Cybersecurity Breaches, so far:..."
    IT News - BI
    BI Today vs. BITomorrow: Three Predictions For A Future Of Actionable Insights
    ITProPortal, February 25th, 2021
    "The move towards cloud computing and analytics is creating a world in which every possible cut and aggregation of a dataset can be done automatically," notes Charles Zhu in ITProPortal.

    "The problem is that while analytic engines can scale infinitely, human attention does not.

    With hundreds of possible models to apply, and infinite possible insights from each, the process to go from statistical results to clear action is painful, murky, and lacking a common language for relaying insights. In the end, models with even the highest accuracy will run into a wall of objection - 'What am I supposed to do with this?..."

    24 Best Business Intelligence(BI) Tools List In 2021
    Guru 99, February 22th, 2021
    "BI tools ingest large amounts of structured and unstructured data from varied sources, transform it and help deduce actionable business insights from the data.

    Here are the Top BI tools with its popular features and download links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software..."

    IT News - HR
    How HR And IT Teams Can Collaborate To Support A High-Performing Distributed Workforce
    ITProPortal, February 24th, 2021
    "Without question, 2020 was the year of the remote workforce," writes Adam Harding in ITProPortal, "with many organizations forced to rethink how they work and how they deliver for their employees and customers at a moment's notice. Heroically, IT and HR teams across the globe got it done quickly and dynamically.

    Over the past 12 months, a significant cultural shift has taken place across industries, one which is likely to remain in place long after the Covid-19 pandemic. This rapid transformation to distributed work meant many organizations had to give ground on employee experience and security to deliver workstyle flexibility..."

    The Hybrid Workplace Is A Reality, But The Office Is Not Dead
    InformationWeek, February 26th, 2021
    "In a post-COVID world, the ability to create flexible workspaces with scalable, cloud-based technology on a large scale will not just be helpful," writes Ranjan Singh in InformationWeek, "it will be critical to a company's success in supporting the hybrid workplace as offices re-open or prepare for future infrastructure changes.

    Prior to the pandemic, cloud-based technology in the enterprise was already being widely adopted for use in offloading applications to the cloud to support agility, scalability, disaster recovery, and other key operational functions within an organization..."

    IT News - PM
    10 Top Project Management Courses And Certifications For 2021, February 25th, 2021
    "Project management is hot," writes Steve Zurier in "In fact, research by the Project Management Institute has found that employers will have to fill some 2.2 million new project-oriented roles every year through 2027. Whether it's software development projects, network infrastructure deployments, or PC and system upgrades, that's a lot of opportunity across the IT landscape for those with the right IT project management certifications and courses under their belt.

    Whether you simply want to gain more control of your projects or are looking for a career change into IT-based project management, there are any number of certifications that can help you meet your goals. Many of them are offered by the PMI, and some are offered by international organizations such as the Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM). There are even some free courses that are worth checking out for those with tight budgets looking to get started in project management..."

    Leading Change: The Project Management Office (PMO)
    Business 2 Community, February 25th, 2021
    Engelina Jaspers writes in Business 2 Community, "Not wanting to 'staff up. or disrupt ongoing business, leaders face three choices: (1) over-burden an existing functional team, (2) hire an outside consulting firm, or (3) anoint an internal task force.

    Whether you form a task force, committee, project team, working group or project management office (PMO), cross-functional teams have become popular in recent years for three primary reasons: they build a collaborative culture, improve coordination and integration, and spur innovative ideas.

    In fact, organizations rely more on cross-functional teams than they did five years ago..."

    IT News - Networks
    Five Things To Look Out For In A Good VPN
    Among Tech, February 24th, 2021
    Niels Bosch writes in Among Tech, "There are lots of different features to get your head around, and it can be a bit of a minefield for novices or self-proclaimed tech illiterate folks. The following article will aim to simplify the decision-making process by highlighting five key things to look out for when choosing your VPN..."
    IT News - Technology
    16 Technology Winners And Losers, Post-COVID
    CIO, February 25th, 2021
    "The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a mixture of blessings and curses to the tech world," opines Peter Wayner in CIO. "Some companies such as those specializing in videoconferencing turned out to be saviors, making it possible for society to function - and occasionally thrive - while working at a distance. Others, however, like dev shops that build theatrical lighting control systems, have faced a world where demand for their services have dropped precipitously, sometimes to zero.

    While it's a bit early to know which shifts in usage and IT tactics will remain permanent, we can glean which companies are thriving now and are likely to continue doing so even after the pandemic fades."

    Forget macOS - It's Chrome OS vs. Windows For Desktop Domination
    Computerworld, February 26th, 2021
    "I've been saying for ages now that Google's Chrome OS would become Microsoft's Windows top competitor," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in Computerworld.

    "I had the timing wrong, but my prediction that "most of us will be moving to cloud-oriented operating systems" is finally coming true. According to IDC's latest PC sales numbers, by 2020's fourth quarter, Chromebooks were outselling Macs by two-to-one.

    Specifically, in the fourth quarter of last year, Windows had 76.7% of the market (it's in no danger of losing its top ranking this decade); macOS had 7.7%; and Chrome OS had 14.4%. For 2020 year-over-year compared to 2019, Windows lost 4.9 percentage points, from 85.4% to 80.5%; macOS was up 0.8 percentage points, from 6.7% to 7.5%; and Chrome OS established itself firmly in second place by jumping 4.4 points, from 6.4% to 10.8%..."

    MyHeritage Now Lets You Animate Old Family Photos Using Deepfakery
    TechCrunch, February 26th, 2021
    Natasha Lomas reports in TechCrunch that "MyHeritage has just launched a new feature - called 'deep nostalgia' - that lets users upload a photo of a person (or several people) to see individual faces animated by algorithm.

    The Black Mirror-style pull of seeing long-lost relatives - or famous people from another era - brought to a synthetic approximation of life, eyes swivelling, faces tilting as if they're wondering why they're stuck inside this useless digital photo frame, has led to an inexorable stream of social shares since it was unveiled yesterday at a family history conference...

      IT News - ERP
      15 Best ERP Solutions For Ecommerce
      Business 2 Community, February 25th, 2021
      Richard Conn writes in Business 2 Community, "A compound annual growth rate of 7% is anticipated. The sector isn't just for huge global corporations. ERP solutions are a valuable tool for small, medium, and large outfits, too.

      All modern organizations need structures in place to manage their operations. That applies to online businesses, bricks and mortar companies, and multinational enterprises.

      For that reason, ERP has become increasingly important for ecommerce ventures. Plus, competition is fierce and operators are seeking ways to stand out from the crowd.

      Moreover, the way people shop has changed. With more shoppers buying goods online, ecommerce is an expanding industry..."

        Moving Your ERP To The Cloud? There's An Easier Way
        CIO News, February 24th, 2021
        "Companies are increasingly moving their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites to the public cloud. This is because the move brings two major benefits: a new layer of security to ERP installations, and a reduction in long-term hardware purchase and maintenance costs.

        In addition, cloud-based ERP systems can offer companies more flexibility, enabling them to more easily embrace DevOps for related software builds. As with other moves to the cloud, a well-implemented cloud ERP system can increase your organization's agility while reducing costs..." - CIO News

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